ArtTalks is pleased to announce the addition of Weaam El Masry to its growing roster. El Masry’s first solo exhibition at the gallery will take place in May, 2013. Weaam el Masry was born in 1987. She works and lives in Cairo, Egypt. She holds a PhD in Media Arts from the Faculty of Applied Arts, Helwan University. She has received over 17 awards and has participated in over 40 exhibitions locally and internationally.
Universal gender-based issues are all the essence of el Masry’s visual language and the product of her experience as an Egyptian wife, mother, artist – but most of all, a woman. Her work explores issues of her native society especially the position of women, relationships and religion, yet is timeless and universal. It is a complex and courageous combination of images in a deeply moving environment. Building on the personal, it weaves together timelessness and universality supported by outstanding drawing abilities. The absolute though nervous control of line has become El-Masry’s signature drawing technique. A multi-award winner, El-Masry researches, peels the onion, goes beyond the superficial or the clichés. She seeks profound answers, and she is driven by her personal voyage that she doesn’t shy away from sharing with the public. Her work is genuine and intimate, like an autobiography. And it is made with pride; this you can immediately sense. This fearless honesty with overweight nude bodies invades the space and hypnotizes the viewer. To liberate him. To liberate her. Very few artists can manage to do that.